HILO (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Merrie Monarch Festival is an annual tradition that honors the legacy left by King David Kalaukaua. While hula is the star of the show, events leading up to the competition bring in lots of tourists and locals alike to Hilo.
Ramsay Wharton reports live from Naniloa Volcanoes Resort in Hilo.
Part 1: Na Hoku Hanohano Award nominee Kainani Kahaunaele
Musician Kainani Kahaunaele will perform live Friday, April 29 at the following venues:
10 a.m. - Sig Zane
12 p.m. - Craft fair at Civic Auditorium
2 p.m. - Merrie Monarch Festival office, Native Hawaiian art exhibit
For more information, visit www.kainani.com.
Part 2 and 3: Halau Ke Olu Makani O Mauna Loa
Halau Ke Olu Makani O Mauna Loa is a hula halau from Volcano. Ramsay chats with kumu hula Meleana Manuel.
For more information about Halau Ke Olu Makani O Mauna Loa, call (808) 967-8248.
Live coverage of the Merrie Monarch Festival begins Thursday night on K5.